Richard Smith

Cornelius, NC 28031

Richard grew up in Reston, Virginia, right outside of Washington DC. Richard moved to Charlotte, NC January of 2015 with his Fiancé Susan, their 3 dogs, 3 cats, and bird. Richard has spent 12 year in the fitness industry holding positions as an Elite Personal Trainer, Fitness Director,General Manger and Regional Fitness Director. He was an All State and All American high school track and field athlete at South Lakes High School which is also home of American Mile record holder Alan Webb. While at South Lakes, Richard won 10 state Track and Field titles ranging from 800 meter run to cross country, along with 10 National Titles and 1 National record. Richard accepted a full athletic scholarship to Auburn University in 2002, later signing a professional track and field contract with Nike, Inc. Richard then continued his education at Portland State University while running for Nike in Portland, Oregon. He was part of the Nike Oregon Project, headed up by Marathon legend Alberto Salazar. He’s traveled all over the world, and was ranked in the Top 10 fastest 800 meter runners in the United States in 2005, qualifying for the 2002 World Championships, 2004, 2008 Olympic Trials, and 2007 Five Nations World Championships.

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About Me


  • BS, Kinesiology, Portland State Universary

Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: 2023-08-08 07:00:00 UTC
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: 2021-08-08 07:00:00 UTC
USA Track & Field - USATF COACH
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: 2019-06-16 07:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2019-06-16 07:00:00 UTC

Richard's Locations

Hybrid Fitness

10508 Bailey Rd.
Ste. 241
Cornelius, NC 28031

Stridefast Performance, LLC

Within 25.00 miles of 28214 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$50.00 / hr, Available for 30 minute sessions.

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • World Track and Field Championship Qualifier
  • USA Track and Field Champion
  • All American Track and Field Athlete

Languages Spoken




4 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Alexa Hall on Nov 06, 2017

    I have struggled with back pain for over 15 years. I have done physical therapy at least 5 times, multiple medical procedures, and many other things. I am also a working mom with 4 small kids. The hardest part was feeling I couldn’t do the things I wanted with my family. I was scared to my little one, I was having trouble getting out of a chair and I couldn’t play with my kids as I wanted. Doctors said there wasn’t much that could be done…. strengthen my core, core, core. I had reached a very discouraged and defeated point with my back, when as luck would have it, my path crossed with Richard. From our first workout, he has been positive and encouraging, even when I didn’t not share his positive attitude. He is always looking and researching for solutions to help my back. I have been working out with him for months and not one workout has ever increased or triggered my pain. Which is amazing, because the workouts aren’t easy! He finds ways to increase my strength and not hurt my back! With his help, I have achieved many of my goals. I have been camping and hiking with my kids! I played soccer the other days with my kid’s team! I can lift their toys and them! These are things I haven’t be able to do for years without fear. In Richard, you have a trainer with not only extensive knowledge, but someone who truly cares you achieve your goals.

  • by Brentlee Mayhew on Oct 23, 2017

    Personal training has ultimately allowed my goals to come full circle. The results I have achieved thus far are greatly due to Richard's training methods. He hears your goals, designs the workouts- you just need to show up. Richard’s professionalism, confidence in you and encouragement throughout each workout are superior.
    Although each training session is unique and challenging, fun is always had. Richard's principles and effort have fully enabled me to become stronger mentally, emotionally and physically.

  • by Stephanie Riccardino on Oct 23, 2017

    When I first met Richard I had never been inside a gym. Richard helped me get started by setting up appropriate workouts and helping me any time I needed it. Every month he updates my workouts, pushing me further and he does it all with positivity. I have come further than I ever thought I could go, and Richard has cheered me on every step of the way. I would definitely recommend working with Richard.

  • by cindy sing on Oct 16, 2017

    Richard is the best trainer anyone could have! He is not only knowledgeable, professional, and hard working, but also flexible, always available and encouraging. He corrects my form to prevent me from injuring myself, and has helped me reached my fitness and weight goals. Training sessions are always challenging, he knows how and when to push you to make the best out of each session. It truly has become therapeutic to work out with him. I always look forward to his innovating work outs. If you need a trainer, he is definitely the one you want!